Find My iPhone: Remove your device

Remove your device

If you’re no longer using an iOS device, an Apple Watch, AirPods, or a Mac, you can remove it from Find My iPhone. When you remove a device, it’s removed from your Devices list, and Activation Lock is also turned off.

Before giving away or selling your iOS device, be sure to erase your content and settings (in Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings). When you erase your content, Find My iPhone and Activation Lock are also turned off. For more information, see the Apple Support article What to do before selling or giving away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. For more information about what to do before selling or giving away Apple Watch, see Sell, give away, or protect a lost Apple Watch in the Apple Watch User Guide.

Note: When you remove an iPhone, you also remove the Apple Watch paired with it. When you remove an iOS device, you remove any AirPods paired with it (AirPods remain in the devices list if you paired them with another device).

Remove an iOS device or Mac by turning off Find My iPhone

  • On an iOS device: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, then turn off Find My [device].

  • On a Mac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then deselect Find My Mac.

    Note: You can also remove your device by turning off iCloud completely on that device. Turning off iCloud turns off all iCloud features on the device.

If you can’t turn off Find My iPhone, you can remove your iOS device or Mac by turning it off and removing it from the Find My iPhone app.

Remove an iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac you no longer have

If you no longer have the iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac because you gave it away or sold it, you need to remotely erase it before you can remove it. With Apple Watch, you must have watchOS 3 installed to remove a device.

  1. Sign in to Find My iPhone on this device with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).

  2. In the Devices list, tap the device you want to erase and remove.

  3. Tap Actions, tap Erase [device], then enter your Apple ID password or your family member’s Apple ID password. Because the device isn’t lost, don’t enter a phone number or message.

    Erase device button in the bottom-right of the screen.

    If the device is offline , the remote erase begins the next time it’s online . You receive an email when the device is erased.

    Any credit or debit cards set up for Apple Pay on your device are removed from your device if you erase it, even if it’s offline. Apple Pay is also disabled for your device. For more information, see the Apple Support articles Use Wallet on your iPhone or iPod touch and Use Touch ID on MacBook Pro.

  4. When the device is erased, tap Remove from Account. If you don’t see Remove from Account, tap the arrow , swipe left on the device, then tap Remove.

    All your content is erased, and someone else can now activate the device.

You can also go to iCloud.com to remove your device (on iCloud.com, click the Help button , then go to Find My iPhone > Remove).

Remove a device on which you can’t turn off Find My iPhone

If you can’t turn off Find My iPhone on the device, turn the device off so it goes offline , then remove it from the Find My iPhone app.

Note: You can also remove your iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac by first erasing it—just follow the instructions above for removing a device you don’t have. You can later restore the device from an iCloud or iTunes backup.

  1. Turn off the device you want to remove. To remove AirPods, put them in their case so they’re offline .

  2. Sign in to Find My iPhone on this device with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).

  3. In the Devices list, swipe left on the device, then tap Remove.

If the device comes online  again, it reappears in Find My iPhone. If you no longer have it, follow the instructions above for removing a device you no longer have. If your Apple Watch or AirPods reappear, unpair them in Bluetooth Settings on all of your devices.

Published Date: Mar 30, 2017
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